Faith Healing

The Faith Healing Scam

Besides the new era of evangelicals practicing the fake promise of faith hearings, many denominations of Christianity also follow the ancient practices. The practice started many years ago when there were few if any medical doctors. If you became ill then you were to be anointed with oil and the elders would pray for your healing.

Under the new testament of the Bible false promises of healing through the laying of hands is presented. Further Jesus makes the false promise that if you pray in his name anything you pray for shall come to pass. The current day evangelicals make good use of these promises to bilk hundreds of faithful followers into believing they are cured of their ailments with out the assistance of the medical profession and modern day science. As adults they have the right to believe so if they wish, and suffer any consequences from their decision. The problem arises when they force their children to undergo such a decision resulting in the deaths of many children because of their ignorance, 172 between 1975 and 1995. If the promises made in the Bible were really true their would be absolutely no need for doctors or hospitals.  It is time that these bronze age practices be abandoned and move up to the 21st century medical practices.

Some of the denominations which may or may not practice the art of faith healing are as follows:

Amish – Inspired by 18th c. Swiss bishop Jacob Amman. It is distinguished by self-sufficient living style that rejects technology.

Anabaptist – Sixteenth century Protestant sect advocating adult baptism and separation of church and state. They were the precursor to Mennonites and Baptists denominations

Anglican Church Developed after Henry VIII of England separated from Roman Catholic Church in 1534 and consolidated during the reign of Elizabeth I and known as the Church of England. It retains many theological and hierarchical elements of Catholicism

Armenian Apostolic Church – Organized in the United States in 1899

Assemblies of God – Largest of Pentecostal churches founded in early twentieth century. They practice faith healing, speaking in tongues, the second coming of Christ

Baptist Church – Founded by John Smyth in 1609. it has evangelical beliefs including religious liberty, no creeds or hierarchy, priesthood of all believers, adult baptism by total immersion.

Calvinism – religious doctrine, Based on the religious doctrine of sixteenth century. Reformation leader John Calvin, they advocating austere morality, piety.predestination.

Christian Science – Religious sect and system of healing founded in nineteenth century by Mary Baker Eddy; Church of Christ

Church of Christ – Anoffshoot of Presbyterian Church founded in 1804, emphasizing theliteral interpretation of New Testament

Church of England – Anglican Church

Church of God – Various denominations emphasizing personal conversion, the return of Christ, and sometimes speaking in tongues.

Church of the Brethren – Dunkers

Church of the New Jerusalem – Swedenborgians

Congregational Church – Developed from the sixteenty century separatist revolt in England, recognizes only Christ as its head

Coptic Church – Egyptian and Ethiopian Church which sees St. Mark the Evangelist as its founder. It uses Arabic in its services.

Dunkers – Founded in 1708 in Germany, also known as the Church of the Brethren that practices triple immersion, opposes taking of oaths and military service.

Episcopal Church – Evolved from Church of England within Anglican communion, based on the Book of Common Prayer. Developed in theUnited States in 1784.

.Friends – Quakers

Greek Orthodox Church – A branch of Eastern Orthodox Church consisting of Church of Greece, patriarchate of Constantinople, and churches using Greek in the liturgy and Byzantine rite.

Huguenots – French denomination of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries following the doctrines of John Calvin

Jehovah’s Witnesses – Evangelical sect, founded in United States in the nineteenth century by Charles Russell, refuses to participate with the government, actively proselytizes, and believes the second coming of Christ

Lutheran Church – A conservative denomination based on the teachings of Martin Luther, emphasizing authority of Scripture with justification and salvation by faith alone.

Mennonites – Evangelical denomination, descended from Anabaptist. Named after Sixteenth century Dutch religious reformer Menno Simons, it emphasizes simplicity and separation from worldly things, including military service, and adult baptism

Methodist Church – Founded as an eighteenth century evangelical movement by Anglican John Wesley, it emphasizing God’s grace, individual responsibility, and the study of the Bible as interpreted by reason and tradition

Metropolitan Community Church – A congregation of gay men and lesbians

Millennial Church – Shakers

Moravians – Descended from Bohemian Brethren, holding Scriptures to be the only rule of faith.

Presbyterian Church – Founded by John Knox in Scotland in 1557 as British form of Calvinism, governed by its ministry and elected elders by its congregation.

Puritans – A group, influenced by John Calvin. in England and American colonies in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, that reduced Roman Catholic elements of the Church of England. Strict religious and moral discipline.

Quakers – Founded in in England by George Fox during the seventeenth century. It emphasizes the spiritual inner light ,rejects sacraments and ordained ministry,it is associated with pacifism and social activism.

Reformed Church – Governed by its ministry and ected elders and is a European form of Calvinism

Rosicrucians – Founded in 1868 by R.W. Little, descended from ancient brotherhood, founded by fifteenth century. Christian Rosenkruez.

Russian Orthodox Church – As branch of the Eastern Orthodox Church is in Old Church Slavonic, headed by patriarch of Moscow.

Seventh Day Adventists – Founded in 1863, it has an evangelical doctrine that believes in the return of Christ to Earth and observes Saturday as Sabbath.

Shakers – Founded in England in 1747, led by Ann Lee, it advocates celibacy, communal property, and simple way of life.

Swedenborgians – Founded in the eighteenth century and influenced by Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish mystic claiming to receive divine revelations; Church of the New Jerusalem

Uniates – Eastern Orthodox church that acknowledges the Roman pope, but maintains its own discipline, and rites

Unitarianism – Arose during the Reformation that rejects the Trinity, believes inniversal salvation, emphasizes religious tolerance. congregational autonomy, and incorporates humanism and non theistic thought

Unitarian-Universalism – Formed through the merger of Unitarians and Universalists in 1961

United Church of Christ – Formed by the merger of Evangelical and Reformed churches and Congregational Christian Church in 1957.

United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing – Shakers

Universalism – Founded in 1779, emphasizing universal fatherhood of God and final salvation of all souls

Zwinglianism – Following the doctrines of Ulrich Zwingli a sixteenth century. Swiss reformer, that maintains the Eucharist is merely symbolic and the church should model itself on ancient Christianity.


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